Does a Soft (Grassy) Verge Constitue Safe Pedestrian Access? (On A Country Lane)
I went for a walk a bit further afield today and happened upon this rare wall type post box dated to the reign of Queen Victoria and was wondering if people agreed it's got safe access. In a different village near me, somebody submitted a King Edward VII wall type post box along another country lane and it got rejected because apparently there was "no safe pedestrian access". My thoughts were:
- Why would the erect a post box in a place that wasn't safe for pedestrians to access? King Edward VII reigned after cars started to become a thing.
- People were looking for an excuse to reject a post box, even though it was a particularly historic example of one.
I'm not looking to have a discussion as to whether or not a post box is a valid submission. I only want to know if soft verges count as having 'safe pedestrian access'. The UK Highway Code has strict rules for walking along roads such as the one this nomination is on and there are definitely safe ways for pedestrians to navigate them.
Google Maps coordinates for the nomination (for Google Street View): https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B017'26.0%22N+0%C2%B023'51.3%22Efirstname.lastname@example.org,0.3952465,16.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d51.290552!4d0.397592
Within 40m of my nomination there is a passing point for cars that pedestrians can also use, thus not being technically on the road.
Here is my nomination, with supplemental photograph: